Election Petition: Mahama to file further witness statement – NDC Secretary

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The 2020 Presidential Election Petitioner may file further witness statement in addition to those already filed on his account by the General Secretary of the NDC and Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte, a Senior Lecturer of the University of Ghana.

This was contained in the witness statement of Johnson Asiedu Nketia filed before the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

According to the NDC scribe having additional witness statement was going to be dependent on the response from the Electoral Commissioner to the petitioner’s “REQUEST TO ADMIT FACTS” directed at her.

“Petitioner has caused to be filed a “REQUEST TO ADMIT FACTS” directed at 1st Respondent. I am informed by Petitioner’s lawyers that, as at the time I am signing this Witness Statement, 1st Respondent has not responded to the Request. I am advised by Counsel and verily believe that the response of 1st Respondent or lack thereof to the “REQUEST TO ADMIT FACTS” is likely to require a further Witness Statement from me,” Mr Nketia said.

Not only that, Mr Nketia also reveals that, further witness statement from John Dramani Mahama may be hinged on the Supreme Court’s ruling to his pending application for review to serve interrogatories on the 1st Respondent.

The Former President has petitioned the Supreme Court to set aside the declared results of the 7th December 2020 Presidential Elections and order a rerun of the polls between himself and his predecessor.

His position is based on the allegation that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who was declared outright winner of that election did not secure the constitutionally required 50+1 of the total valid votes cast.

Testifying to this, the General Secretary of the NDC characterised the said declaration by the Electoral Commissioner as error-ridden and unconstitutional.

“It is clearly necessary for this court to set aside the error-ridden and unconstitutional declaration made on 9th December 2020 by the Chairperson of 1st Respondent and the Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa,” portions of his statement read